Spending projects ranging from keeping cats safe at home, a picket fence at Spring Hill and fairy lights along Summer Street are on Orange City Council's new budget.
Council this week approved a wide-ranging $92 million list of capital works expenditure for the next financial year.
Some are subject to funding requests from the state and federal governments which may be funded from council's own reserves if the funding is not forthcoming.
That includes a missing $5 million to complete the $20 million needed to build the Conservatorium of Music and planetarium project at Northcourt, the remaining $20 million for the $30 million Future City CBD revamp and half of the $1.1 million for repaving Shiralee Road.
Projects sought by councillors to be funded include: Keeping Cats Safe at Home' project $10,000, advanced tree program $500,000, Banjo Paterson Park facilities $200,000, Robertson Park and Cook Park works $250,000, fairy lights from Peisley to Hill streets in the Future City funding allocation, Bathurst Road entrance and roundabouts $50,000, verge garden program $15,000, International Women's Day Event $10,000, footpaths $150,000, picket fence Spring Hill recreation reserve $100,000, Old Orange Cemetery $100,000, Esso Park upgrade $50,000, Stop and Rest creation $500,000 and the wood bank $10,000.
Council has also approved $10,000 funding to promoters Chugg Entertainment for the 2022 Squeeze Music Festival planned for the Orange Showground on Sunday April 24.
The festival would be headlined by Lime Cordiale and feature four-five support acts. It is expected to inject up to $495,000 into the city.
SFR STAGE 4
With work on the third stage of the Southern Feeder Road near Bathurst Road well underway the council is now looking at Stage 4 from Jack Brabham Park to Pinnacle Road. Council was told tenders for the construction work would soon be called.
Pre-construction geo-technical site investigations have started.
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